Sample Theology Essay Paper on Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse

Introduction

Drug abuse is a problem found to be rampant among the youth. National Institute on Drug Abuse (2007) report that female young adults are the most vulnerable to this menace as statistics show that contrary to previous years when the rate of drug abuse among male young adults exceeded that of their female counterparts, recent trends show that female drug abuse rate has equaled and in some cases exceeded that of male drug users. This change in trend has been attributed to certain biological factors in female drug users that contribute to their high dependency on drugs and social factors such as contribution of social media towards promoting drug abuse.

Females are likely to be more vulnerable to the rewarding effects of drug abuse than their male counterparts due to their emotional make up. According to The White House, a three year research on young female adults showed that their substance abuse is mainly motivated by factors such as low self-esteem, peer pressure and depression. These emotional circumstances are common and repetitive hence making persons who abuse drugs as a way of countering them more dependent and addicted to the drugs. The Whitehouse reports that Data from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) supports this by showing that an estimated 6.6% of women in their teens or older confessed to using an illegal drug within the previous month of the research.

The situation is even worse among the female in prisoners. The White House reports that data from Bureau of Justice Statistics reveal that almost 59.3% of state prisoners and 47.6% of federal prisoners had consumed an illicit drug a month before committing their offence and an estimated 60.2% of state and 42.8% of federal prisoners were found to be drug dependent. These statistics clearly indicate that the female sex is more prone to drug dependency in support of the director’s statement.

Social media such as Facebook and twitter provide an avenue where people can interact, express themselves and exchange ideas. Like any other media, it enables negative and positive information about fashion and trends to spread from one place to another and even across continents at a high speed. According to Rassool (2011), young people often abuse drugs to satisfy their curiosity, to fit in the subset of youth culture and music, to promote their social acceptability, due to peer pressure and media influence. All these stated factors are driven in some way or another by the social media.

For example a person would have to do what others are doing in order to get more friends on Facebook or more followers on twitter. A young person using social media would therefore always like to conform to the trends they learn from these media. HealthDay report that social media is the major contributor to the overall trend of drug abuse among teens with 75% of them confessing that when they see photos of their friends partying on the social media, they feel an urge to do the same as they perceive those behaviors as having good time. The report also reveals that kids exposed to those kinds of pictures were three to four times likelier to abuse common drugs than those who were not exposed to those photos. Social media is therefore a major contributor to drug use.

Conclusion
The youth abuse drugs due to a wide range of reasons. These may include peer pressure, ease of access of the drugs, medical and mental problems and so on. The major causes though seem to be peer pressure and media influence. To counter these contributors, more awareness should be created among the youth against drug abuse. The power of social media influence can be harnessed to spread antidrug abuse messages.

References
Health US News Many Teens Drinking, Taking Drugs During School: Survey Retrieved on
September 27, 2013 from;
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/08/22/many-teens-drinking-taking-drugs-during-school-survey
National Institute of Drug Abuse (2007), Women’s Health Week Retrieved on September 27,
2013 from;
http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/directors-page/messages-director/2007/05/womens-health-week-may-13-may-19-2007
Rassool H. G. (2011) Addiction for Nurses West Sussex, UK: Blackwell Publishers.
Retrieved on September 27, 2013 from;
http://books.google.co.ke/books?id=H_P7cEkKCWcC&pg=PA43&dq=role+of+social+media+in+promoting+peer+pressure&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ntBFUuSCJ4OF4AT_-oCoAQ&ved=0CFkQ6AEwCDgK#v=onepage&q=role%20of%20social%20media%20in%20promoting%20peer%20pressure&f=true
The Whitehouse Women, Girls, Families, and Substance Abuse Retrieved on September 27,
2013 from; http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/women-children-families

DRUG ABUSE 2

Running head: DRUG ABUSE 1